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NHVR launches off road investigative team

The newly formed unit adds to the NHVR’s chain of responsibility team

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has announced the establishment of a dedicated team focused on investigating allegations of off-road offences. 

The NHVR says the team will investigate offences committed by off-road parties who don’t safely manage their transport activities and those who make prohibited commercial requests that cause drivers to speed or drive tired. 

NHVR executive director Raymond Hassell says it has worked to enforce significant offences by parties in the chain of responsibility more effectively and equitably. 

“Our priority is ensuring everyone who works with heavy vehicles, including the parties who contract with transport operators, are accountable for safety,” Hassall says. 

“Since the 2018 introduction of safety duties in the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), more than 40 primary duty prosecutions have commenced with a focus on director level activities that contribute to serious safety offences. 

“We know it’s critical that we increase our efforts to focus more directly on the other parties in the chain and their role in ensuring safety.” 

The NHVR says the investigative team will particularly rely on data gathered through the Heavy Vehicle Confidential Report Line (HVCRL). It will also utilise an analysis and risk team that will analyse transport intelligence to target the greater safety risks. 

The NHVR says that the unit will work alongside the other members of its chain ofresponsibility team.  

This includes a major investigations unit tasked with responding to allegations of serious and systemic noncompliance and a national prosecution team that litigates HVNL matters in metropolitan and regional courts. 

“The NHVR has established advisory material to ensure all parties are aware of key safety risks associated with the use of heavy vehicles and their controls,” Hassell says. 

“The success of our new off-road investigative team will depend, in part, on the quality of information we obtain suggesting non-compliance. 

“If you are a transport operator, a driver or a loved one who is aware of dangerous commercial pressures or safety practices arising from the activities of off-road parties, we encourage you to contact the HVCRL and talk to our trained assessment staff.” 

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